Sometimes it takes the lure of more than just fine performers and interesting music to lure people to contemporary classical concerts. So Columbia University's Miller Theatre offers free admission and free beverages (courtesy of Harlem Brewing Company) to its third season of "Pop-Up Concerts," which gets underway tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 10.
The four-concert series is a way to "test out new ideas and introduce new performers before they hit the Miller main stage," according to a press release. These concerts begin at 6 p.m. and offer attendees seats on the stage to hear brand-new and recent compositions.
The Sept. 10 concert presents Ensemble Signal - Oliver Hagen, piano; Kelli Kathman, piccolo; Bill Solomon, percussion; and Steven Parker, trombone. On the program: premieres of three works by Hilda Paredes, as well as Ellliott Carter's 90+ for piano (1994) and Pierre Boulez's Douze Notations for piano (1945).
The second concert Oct 29 features the Horszowski Trio (Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano) making its Miller Theatre debut. On the program is a work by two American stalwarts, Joan Tower (For Daniel from 2004) and John Harbison (Piano Trio No.2 “Short Stories”).
The series continues Nov. 19 with the Catalyst Quartet and concludes Dec. 10 with Yarn/Wire.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.The Miller Theatre is at 2960 Broadway at 116th St.